Since I couldn’t make it to either Miami or New Orleans for Super Bowl XLIV, I decided to hunker down in front of the laptop and Tweet the night away. I was curious to see a) who else was doing so and b) what they were writing about during the most watched television event in history. It was like one huge Super Bowl party where all you needed to get in was your laptop.
The first stop of the night brought us to Skip Bayless, lightning rod analyst for ESPN’s First Take. RealSkipBayless let us know he’s “Not a huge Who fan. Not in same league with Beatles, Stones. Very surprised getting halftime stage. Guess some sponsor CEOs must love ’em.”
As if the world revolves around the musical taste of Skip Bayless. How could the Super Bowl not have consulted him? Not in the same league as the Beatles/Stones? Who is? Last time I checked Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown were unavailable. Unlike Skip, I was actually looking forward to the Who. I was just hoping we weren’t going to be subjected to a Pete Townsend nipple sighting.
Minutes later, Bayless blessed us with more brilliant insight. “Peyton Manning must play at an extremely high level.” It also helps to score more points that your opponent.
In response to the Celtics loss to Orlando earlier that afternoon, HPbasketball wrote “It’s Lord of the Flies in the comments of the Celtics blogs right now.”
He’s right. I’m not one to write off the Celtics just yet but I can understand why their fans are concerned. The C’s are 1-7 against Orlando and Atlanta and odds are they’ll have to play at least one, if not both, of those teams in the playoffs. The Celtics start a five-game west coast road trip on Wednesday. We’ll see if Ray Allen is still wearing green when they get back to Beantown.
It’s always nice to see Rich Eisen of the NFL Network online. Of the pre-game festivities, RichEisen asked “Since when did Steve Winwood morph into Don Imus?” Ouch! I wonder how Winwood feels about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. ESPN sorely misses Eisen’s brand of humor. I’m happy to say I missed most of Winwood’s performance, immediately hitting the mute button after realizing he hasn’t put out a song since “Higher Love.”
There was a lot of pre-game hype discussing what the game meant to both the city of New Orleans and the career of Drew Brees. JerodMSF wrote “The whole ‘did you save New Orleans or did New Orleans save you’ thing with Brees should seem really cheesy/contrived…but it doesn’t.” As an impartial observer, it was hard not to root for the Saints in this game.
BillPlaschke of the Los Angeles Times and ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption wrote “Saw Brad Pitt and John Travolta outside press box at Sun Life Stadium…neither was greeted by as many fans as Woody Paige.” I believe it. I’m currently on my 23rd straight day of not missing a single minute of either Around the Horn or PTI. Does anyone else suffer this same affliction?
In reference to Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith being honored pre-game for their recent Hall of Fame induction, LVAngel04 wrote she “was waiting for them to dance…is that bad??..lol.” Classic that LV was first to pick up on this. Rice and Smith would probably both make Dancing with the Stars Hall of Fame too!
Consistently one of the funniest tweeters out there, sportspickle wrote “There’s your Tebow commercial, America. Glad everyone freaked out over that.” I didn’t find anything overly offensive about the ad. Did you guys? In fact, I love doing video projects with my mom. Who do you think produced the Tiger Woods video?
Actually, the SklarBrothers found fault with the Tebow spot. “If we take anything away from Tim Tebow’s pro life commercial where he tackles his mom, it’s that his technique is all wrong.”
What’s a Tweetfest without a word from the Kansas City Star’s controversial Jason Whitlock. After the Saints failed to score an early touchdown after a first-and-goal, WhitlockJason wrote “Four plays and not one pass into the end zone. Sean Payton is a real genius.” I failed to read what Whitlock said about Payton after the onside kick. Personally on 3rd and short with time running out in the first half, I would have pounded the ball up the middle twice but I watch SEC football.
After a low-scoring first half, GatorBenPBP wrote “I have a friend who almost always bets the first half ‘under.’ Now I see why.” The over/under (58 ½) was lofty but that’s what most people expected out of the Colts’ and Saints’offenses. With the score 10-6 at halftime, it looked like the under would hit and it did.
Similarly, stephenasmith wrote “I’ve got to admit I’m absolutely shocked. I expected a shootout. But give the Saints’ offense credit. They’ve kept Manning off the field.” Good points from Stephen A. There were only ten possessions in the first half, eighteen in the entire game. Both teams controlled clock well. Saints led first half time of possession by four but were also losing by four on the scoreboard.
About the Who’s halftime performance, J_Live3TP wrote “Cmon The Who. Do a new song. I double dare ya!” Hey, at least they’ve put stuff out more recently than Steve Winwood. And dylan20 wrote “The Who’s drummer looks like Nigel Tufnel from Spinal Tap. Maybe he will explode at the end.” Dylan was right, he did look like Nigel and reminded me I’m due for another Spinal Tap viewing. But that drum solo at the end of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” was pretty sweet.
J_Live3TP also couldn’t “help but wonder if the NFLs interest on expanding into the UK had anything to do with The Who playing at the half.” Interesting concept although I don’t know how many Brits are still rocking to the Who. They might just hold that against us.
Mom’s not on twitter but she did text in “these aging rockers depress me. Daltrey looks like he’s going to pass out.” Little does she know that a) Daltrey has looked like he’s been going to pass out for about 40 years and b) I recently bought her some Beatles paraphernalia.
In response to Sean Payton’s decision to go for an onside kick at the beginning of the second half SportsCenter wrote “Onside kick was a gutsy call but wow has it shifted the momentum towards the Saints.” notmikedunleavy wrote “If we ever run out of steel in this country, we can always melt down Coach Payton’s balls.” This is why more people are looking to Twitter and other social networking sites for their news. Which statement is a more accurate depiction of perhaps the boldest call in Super Bowl history?
As we all know, that call changed the game. When Tracy Porter jumped in front of a Peyton Manning pass and returned it for a touchdown, that was all she wrote. Ironically, it was Porter who ended the Minnesota Vikings and Brett Favre’s season with an interception two weeks earlier. mysportsrumors wrote “Get ready for the biggest Mardi Gras party in history.” That might be the understatement of the century.
Oh… to be in the French Quarter. Mozel tov to DJ Arthritic Semitic, the city of New Orleans and Saints fans everywhere.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!